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Topic # 82995 8-May-2011 14:11
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The Herald has a [facepalm] amusing article on people who think the world will end sometime soon, and 2012'ers.

People have been predicting the end of the world since it began - so no surprises there.

The end of the Mayan calendar (sophisticated as it is) just seems like the end of any other calendar - you start again at the beginning. And a good time to party.

The Mayans themselves certainly did not predict the end of the world.

In the event of something more realistic like a large solar flare event people with the bunker mentality or the cataclysmic world shortage of everything mentality would be the biggest danger to society.

Quebec in Canada had a huge black out in 1989 due to a cascading failure caused by a solar flare event, and a few places in the USA narrowly avoided similar problems at the same time.

Do utilities in NZ (telecoms, electricity, water) plan for and exercise for large solar flare events? or is it just a roughly once every 500 years event which no one cares about until it happens? Is NZ less at risk from solar flare infrastructure damage?

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  Reply # 466754 8-May-2011 14:31
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its not the end of the world if you think its is your a mental nut job

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  Reply # 466791 8-May-2011 16:08
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  Reply # 466794 8-May-2011 16:18
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freeviewfan: its not the end of the world if you think it is your a mental nut job


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  Reply # 466805 8-May-2011 17:00
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We will get an increase of geomagnetically induced currents in our transmission lines. Can't say it will be the end of the world. May cause transformers to saturate and cause blackouts. 

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  Reply # 467448 10-May-2011 10:49
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freitasm: I don't know why mainstream media even bothers "reporting" this kind of stupidity.

I agree. Unless they've giving the theories a thorough debunking, of course.

Paranoid and fantasy-prone personalities jump at this stuff. Unfortunatley the internet provides people in fantasy land with every conspiracy & crazy idea you could ever dream of.

If the Mayans were so wise, how come they used to indulge in ritual human sacrifice in order to make the sun move across the sky?

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  Reply # 467468 10-May-2011 11:33
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mattRSK: We will get an increase of geomagnetically induced currents in our transmission lines. ...(edit)....

Yeah baby... free electricity for everyone
(Hows Meridian going to spot price that???)

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